Tetra Pak has introduced new size options and photographic printing methods under its Tetra Fino Aseptic packaging range.
The Swedish packaging company said that the combination of the new OptiSize volume option and Eco Flexo photographic printing will provide product differentiation to manufacturers who are looking for cost-effective packaging solutions.
Tetra Pak product director Hemant Krashak said the Tetra Fino Aspetic package enables producers to create beverage packaging for consumers looking for value and quality.
"With today's announcement of OptiSize and Eco Flexo, producers can drive even greater efficiency and value while providing stand-out branding which will have an impact on store shelves," Krashak added.
OptiSize can produce cartons cut to 70ml and 220ml portions, cutting packaging materials waste, and Tetra Pak said that more size options will be introduced soon. The Eco Flexo printing process provides opportunities for product differentiation.
Tetra Fino Aseptic 250ml and 100ml packages were traditionally under-filled but the new OptiSize carton sizes will fit 220ml and 70ml portions precisely, as the tube diameter and the jaw length of the Tetra Pak A1 filling machine can be altered accordingly, said the company.
When compared to a Tetra Pak A1 filling machine producing 250ml cartons, a similar machine equipped with OptiSize produces 8.5% more packages, or up to 13,000 220ml packs per hour, Tetra Pak said.
With the Eco Flexo printing technology, packaging producers can print photographic images onto uncoated paperboard packaging. The use of various paper, inks, screen ruling, anilox and dot gain interactions reduces mottling effects.
The technology is currently being launched across Tetra Pak's converting factories in China (Beijing and Hohhot), Pakistan (Lahore) and Russia (Moscow), with India (Pune) and Brazil (Monte Mor) to follow suit in early 2013.
Image: Tetra Pak said the addition of the OptiSize and Eco Flexo to its Fino Aseptic range brings further product differentiation to beveragemanufacturers. Photo: Tetra Pak.